District 1: Mapping memories of an erased space in a transforming post-apartheid city

dc.contributor.advisorThipe, Thuto
dc.contributor.authorCollier, Mishkah
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-23T13:21:34Z
dc.date.available2023-02-23T13:21:34Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.date.updated2023-02-20T12:27:46Z
dc.description.abstractThis study examines District One, an area of racial dispossession located within the inner-city of Cape Town in South Africa, to establish the heritage value of the area and how it can be safeguarded. The area was desecrated because of the Group Areas Act, with a large portion of the historic urban landscape demolished and the community displaced to various parts of the Cape Flats1 . Intangible and tangible heritage will be used to establish how heritage mechanisms can facilitate dialogue pertaining to memory and displacement for redress and spatial justice to occur. Heritage is essential to both collective and individualised identity. It holds the power of bestowing value to things that have great significance to people, both tangible and intangible (Labadi, et al., 2021). Given the layered history of District One as both a burial ground and an area of forced removals, the area is clearly one of great heritage significance. Heritage discourse in South Africa has always been geared towards the tangible Eurocentric built environment, which with South Africa's history of colonialism, explicitly privileged whiteness. Since 1999, with the birth of the National Heritage Resources Act, there has been a shift towards the inclusion of intangible cultural heritage or living heritage, as it is referred to in South Africa's heritage policies. Twenty years on, intangible cultural heritage/living heritage is still a difficult element for heritage practitioners to grapple with but there seems to be a newfound realisation in its ability for inclusion and redress for marginalised communities of colour. District One has been sparsely acknowledged in the public history of Cape Town, giving way to a forgotten community who continue to be ignored in present society. This study, therefore, draws substantially from interviews with dispossessed former residents and various historic maps and aerial images.
dc.identifier.apacitationCollier, M. (2022). <i>District 1: Mapping memories of an erased space in a transforming post-apartheid city</i>. (). ,Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37057en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationCollier, Mishkah. <i>"District 1: Mapping memories of an erased space in a transforming post-apartheid city."</i> ., ,Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, 2022. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37057en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationCollier, M. 2022. District 1: Mapping memories of an erased space in a transforming post-apartheid city. . ,Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37057en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Master Thesis AU - Collier, Mishkah AB - This study examines District One, an area of racial dispossession located within the inner-city of Cape Town in South Africa, to establish the heritage value of the area and how it can be safeguarded. The area was desecrated because of the Group Areas Act, with a large portion of the historic urban landscape demolished and the community displaced to various parts of the Cape Flats1 . Intangible and tangible heritage will be used to establish how heritage mechanisms can facilitate dialogue pertaining to memory and displacement for redress and spatial justice to occur. Heritage is essential to both collective and individualised identity. It holds the power of bestowing value to things that have great significance to people, both tangible and intangible (Labadi, et al., 2021). Given the layered history of District One as both a burial ground and an area of forced removals, the area is clearly one of great heritage significance. Heritage discourse in South Africa has always been geared towards the tangible Eurocentric built environment, which with South Africa's history of colonialism, explicitly privileged whiteness. Since 1999, with the birth of the National Heritage Resources Act, there has been a shift towards the inclusion of intangible cultural heritage or living heritage, as it is referred to in South Africa's heritage policies. Twenty years on, intangible cultural heritage/living heritage is still a difficult element for heritage practitioners to grapple with but there seems to be a newfound realisation in its ability for inclusion and redress for marginalised communities of colour. District One has been sparsely acknowledged in the public history of Cape Town, giving way to a forgotten community who continue to be ignored in present society. This study, therefore, draws substantially from interviews with dispossessed former residents and various historic maps and aerial images. DA - 2022_ DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Conservation LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2022 T1 - District 1: Mapping memories of an erased space in a transforming post-apartheid city TI - District 1: Mapping memories of an erased space in a transforming post-apartheid city UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37057 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/37057
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationCollier M. District 1: Mapping memories of an erased space in a transforming post-apartheid city. []. ,Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment ,School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, 2022 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37057en_ZA
dc.language.rfc3066eng
dc.publisher.departmentSchool of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.subjectConservation
dc.titleDistrict 1: Mapping memories of an erased space in a transforming post-apartheid city
dc.typeMaster Thesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
dc.type.qualificationlevelMPhil
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